MID-MICHIGAN (WJRT) - (03/15/19) - Many Mid-Michigan families are dealing with storm damage and reporting home insurance claims after tornadoes and high winds swept through the area.
FEMA says it's important to take photos of the damage to your home and belongings before you start cleaning up. The agency recommends making a list of damaged or lost items and gathering any receipts.
Consumer Federation of America gives homeowners advice after natural disasters. When making a claim, it says it's important to write down your claim number.
The organization also recommends keeping a notebook to reference contacts with insurance and log your phone calls.
Progressive Insurance said it's vital for home and business owners to find a trustworthy contractor to make repairs.It advises homeowners to not make any quick decisions without taking time to research companies.
Scammers are known to target storm victims. The National Weather Service says homeowners should never hire a contractor going door-to-door.
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